This is just to say… raise awareness, stop the stigma

It has just come to my attention that this week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, so I just want to take a moment to pause and remind you all (male, female, whatever) of a few important things:

First, you are beautiful! Stop beating yourself up over the way you look, because you are just beautiful. Take a moment and say it out loud if you must to remind yourself.

Second, how you FEEL is more important than how you LOOK. You should not feel trapped, you should not feel worthless–you should feel happy and safe in your skin, no matter what.

Third, you are not alone. If you’re struggling, you’re not the only one who has struggled.

And finally, you are loved. Yes, you. Someone out there loves you and would be sad if anything happened to you, so don’t lose sight of your worth in a struggle to obtain society’s (skewed) ideas of perfection. And if you do–get help! Don’t be afraid to tell the people who love you that you’re sinking, because that’s the first step to staying afloat.

I have not personally suffered from an eating disorder, but I have known people who have and I, like many women, have an up and down relationship with food and with my body. And though it’s a daily struggle, I’m happy to say that my beautiful roommate Gina and I keep our apartment a negative body talk free zone and we are both happy, healthy, and beautiful, despite being very different sizes and shapes. We are BOTH real women and we are both beautiful. And so are YOU! (unless you’re a man, in which case you’re a real man and also beautiful… or handsome, if you prefer).

I’ve said it all before, but I will keep saying it until we STOP THE SILENCE–eating disorders are real, eating disorders are (often) fatal, and eating disorders, like any other illness, require treatment as well as the loving support of friends and family.

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